An Uncomfortable Truth: The Rise of Antidepressants and SSRIs coincide with Fuel Mass Shootings

At all ages, antidepressants raise the risk of violence, suicide, and homicide.

A mass murder, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), occurs when four or more people are slain in one incident over a short period of time, excluding the shooter. Over the past 30 years, the number of mass shootings in the US has dramatically increased, becoming more frequent and deadly.

The FDA admitted in 2007 that SSRIs can cause madness at all ages and that the drugs are very dangerous; otherwise daily monitoring wouldn’t be needed: “Since changes may be sudden, families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a daily basis.” “Every patient receiving antidepressant treatment for any reason should be properly monitored and closely watched for signs of clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual behavioral changes, particularly in the first few months of a medication regimen or when there are dose adjustments, either up or down. The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants”.

Such daily monitoring is, however, a fake fix. People cannot be monitored every minute and many have committed SSRI-induced suicide or homicide within a few hours after everyone thought they were perfectly okay.

As the published trial literature related to suicidality and aggression on antidepressants is unreliable, we looked at 64,381 pages of clinical study reports (70 trials) we got from the European Medicines Agency. We showed for the first time that SSRIs in comparison with placebo increase aggression in children and adolescents, odds ratio 2.79 (95% CI 1.62 to 4.81) . This is an important finding considering the many school shootings where the killers were on SSRIs.

Drawing from clinical study reports, we demonstrated that in trials involving middle-aged women with stress urinary incontinence, duloxetine caused adverse effects that were four to five times more common than placebo in terms of risk factors for violence and suicide.


SSRI Antidepressants Associated With Increase in Violent Crime

Stockholm, Sweden: Scientists have found that some people being treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a greater tendency to commit violent crimes. In addition, this effect seems to continue for up to 12 weeks after stopping SSRI treatment. This work is published in the peer-reviewed journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, alongside a linked comment. The authors of both the paper and the comment note that the work indicates an association (rather than cause and effect) and urge caution in how the findings are interpreted.

First author Tyra Lagerberg at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, said:

“This work shows that SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) treatment appears to be associated with an increased risk for violent criminality in adults as well as adolescents, though the risk appears restricted to a small group of individuals. We don’t claim that SSRIs cause the increased risk we see in our data. It is possible that the disorders that SSRIs are prescribed to treat, such as depression, are driving the association. In that case, our findings may mean that SSRIs are unable to fully remove this tendency towards violent crime, which is also a potentially important insight. Previous work has found an association between SSRI use and violence in young individuals, but not in adults. Ours is a much bigger study which allows us to confirm that there is an association in adults as well.”

The researchers examined the records of 785,337 people aged 15 to 60 years who were prescribed an SSRI in Sweden in 2006 through 2013. These patients were followed up for an average of around 7 years, which included periods when individuals took SSRIs and when they did not. Individuals in the study were found to have committed 6306 violent crimes while taking SSRIs, and 25,897 when not taking SSRIs.

After accounting for follow-up time and variables that were associated both with the probability of getting SSRI treatment and with the risk for violence, the researchers found that the risk of committing a violent crime was on average 26% higher during periods when individuals took SSRIs compared to periods when they did not.


How Big Pharma Sold Depression to the World

In only a few decades, the use of antidepressants and the stronger drugs they feed into has gone from a tiny minority of the population to nearly one in four Americans as the criteria for depression have been loosened and the medications have been aggressively marketed to an increasing number of people.

  • After the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were developed, their manufacturers realized the population needed to be convinced they were suffering from depression so as many people as possible would buy their drugs.
  • The tricks the drug industry used to perform this were remarkable and have many parallels to how the predatory pharmaceutical industry pushes many other drugs on us.
  • While a minority of patients (about a third) benefit from antidepressant therapy, the majority do not (termed “treatment-resistant depression”), but unfortunately, until recently there have been minimal options available for these patients.
  • Much of this results from depression being viewed as a single illness, rather than a myriad of conditions with somewhat overlapping symptoms which each need to be treated differently (rather than simply all being given the same drug).

One of the worst offenders is the SSRI and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRI antidepressant drugs, which have many parallels to illicit stimulants (e.g., cocaine) and which I suspect in the future will be viewed by the history textbooks the same way they now look at how dangerous drugs like heroin, cocaine, opium and methamphetamine were freely available in pharmacies of the past.

a wealth of evidence that the SSRIs:

  • Sometimes cause psychotic behavior which frequently results in suicide and sometimes in mass murder (e.g., school shootings).
  • Cause abnormal thoughts and often make one feel as though they’ve “lost their mind.”
  • Cause aggressive behavior, agitation, insomnia, anxiety or restlessness and Bipolar disorder.
  • Cause sexual dysfunction and numbs one to the experience of life (e.g., it takes away what gives you joy and the emotional reactions to a dangerous situation).
  • Cause birth defects.
  • Are extremely addictive (the process one must go through to withdraw from them is extremely unfair).

The above symptoms are frighteningly common (e.g., sexual dysfunction affects approximately half of SSRI users), and in addition to these, a variety of other concerning (but less common) side effects also occur.

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